Legba was of of the children of the twins Lusa and Mahu, with his twin brother Eschu, and was the god of gateways.[1]

They served as masters of the Loa, supervise them and are often the first Vodu invoked by humans when they wish to call upon either loa or other Vodu for help.[1]

Lusa, Mahu and their family descended to the city of Ife, the legendary first city of the the Yoruba people, involving directly themselves in mortals' matters, and were first worshiped by the Fon people of Dahomey (modern-days Benin) and the Yoruba of the Niger River valley (modern-days Nigeria) starting in the 12th century,[1] Legba being often referred as Papa Legba.[3][5][4]

The dead mortals walked the crossroads with Legba.[5]

In the 17th century, empowered by Legba with the assistance of Gaea, a former slave named Laurent gained the power of the Loa.[9]

Legba sometimes witnessed Doctor Voodoo, who carried the Staff of Legba, through the Dark Dimension.[3]


Ledga and Eschu were described as mischievous.[8]


Presumably those conventional to the Vodu.


Legba used a staff now known as the Staff of Legba[6] (now wielded by Doctor Voodoo). This staff could generate Barrier Crows of Legba and speak the Language of Null.[3]

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